Ryse is only three hours long

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (82615 posts) -

Have we been naive enough to believe, in the space of an instant, that Ryse could become Xbox One's God of War? We'll tell you straight up, it won't be anything, besides the sexy veneer that Crytek's title hides itself under. Certainly, the spectacular panorama views are numerous (English cliff, Roman hills), filled with ultra-high polygon models and with decorations filled with details, all draped with beautiful textures dunked in a bath of next-gen shaders. But while we're talking about spectacular views, the extremely linear levels to the extreme don't offer any possibility of exploration (in terms of climbing or platforming segments like God of War) and instead strings together combat arenas (a street, a market, a beach, repeat). Combat finds itself the central -- even if we wouldn't say only -- mechanic of Ryse.

Let's talk about combat. Commanding of Roman General Marius Titus, who launches into a campaign against the barbarians after the murder of his family (in a totally ridiculous scene), the player will initially start out impressed by the scene that ends each combat scenario, which underlines the brutality of each strike in a classy slow-mo. You'll amuse yourself for a while with the limpid mechanics, alternating between sword attacks, parries, and dodges to stop or stall enemy attacks, as well as QTEs that are symbolized by the colours of the gamepad buttons, which need to be entered as fast as possible to multiply their benefits (you can choose between health, XP, slower power gauge, or bonus damage). A few tens of minutes later, the snoozing rhythm of the combat risks ruining the veneer: our session quickly turned into a repetitive and undifferentiated fight depending only on the type of enemy (small barbarian, big barbarian, end of level boss).

An hour and a half gave us enough time to beat almost half the chapters that make up the game, in other words we have little hope that our final verdict will sing a different song than this preview (at least without an end-game miracle or time spent in co-op).

At this time, we can only tell you this: Don't buy an Xbox One for Ryse, because the chance that the game won't disappoint is low.

(Should I buy it) Day One ?

No

Why: Because this title has a strong risk of just being a tech demo, its visuals hiding poorly an vulgar retelling of ancient Rome and a game design centered on an extremely repetitive combat system. You probably won't want to buy this ever, let alone day one.

SOURCE

Ahahahahahahahaha. Typical, Microsoft. Why not make a game with some single player substance for a change? We'll wait. We have been waiting the last... twelve years.

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#2 Posted by ReadingRainbow4 (18733 posts) -

So it's a tech demo, just like most reasonable people thought it was.

Wow.

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#3 Posted by clyde46 (49048 posts) -

Oh god

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#4 Edited by PrincessGomez92 (4967 posts) -

Lol.

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#6 Edited by MlauTheDaft (5189 posts) -

Never heard of the source but I expect most of the major sites to disagree.

Yes, that might be an honesty issue.

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#7 Edited by SonofK (1088 posts) -

Eh, sucks if it's true but this was going to be a rental for me if I bought an XB1 in the next six months.

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#8 Posted by lx_theo (6211 posts) -

3 hours, eh? I saw this earlier. Can't say I'm shocked.

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#9 Posted by getyeryayasout (11424 posts) -

@clyde46: Don't you mean 'Thank God'?

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#10 Edited by lx_theo (6211 posts) -

@MlauTheDaft said:

Never heard of the source but I expect most of the major sites to disagree.

Yes, that might be an honesty issue.

You've probably never heard of it because its a french source. The quote is translated

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#11 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

roflcopter

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#12 Posted by freedomfreak (49730 posts) -

This is only a good thing. I can already see it feeling like a drag to play about an hour in.

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#13 Posted by blackace (23576 posts) -

@charizard1605: Is that actually the retail version of the game or a beta version sent out several months ago? I think everyone is aware that the gameplay for Ryse wasn't going to be anything spectaluar. From what I've see the game will probably get about a 7. It's the Knack of the PS4, but it probably won't score a 4 like Knack did. lol!! I'd like to see reviews from better sources as well like IGN, EuroGamer, Joystiq, Polygon, etc... I don't think any lem is expecting this game to get an 8 or 9 score, like cows were expect KZ:SF to get an 8 or 9.

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#14 Posted by MlauTheDaft (5189 posts) -

@lx_theo said:

@MlauTheDaft said:

Never heard of the source but I expect most of the major sites to disagree.

Yes, that might be an honesty issue.

You've probably never heard of it because its a french source. The quote is translated

Personally, I've lost my trust in popular gaming sites anyway....

Reviews are often so similar you'd think they were based off of the same script and in the case of GS; popular reviewers deliver articles, which as much stories as they are reviews.

Youtube is literally the best place to find "objective" reviews these days.

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#15 Posted by Nonstop-Madness (9840 posts) -

These kinds of games should be 10+ hours for an average gamer. I don't see the MP being engaging enough to hold people's interest for very long.

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#16 Edited by psymon100 (6835 posts) -

How bad is this? I don't know. Recently I played through Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and it was shorter than 3hrs.

But obviously the shorter a game is - the less value you get.

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#17 Posted by charizard1605 (82615 posts) -

@blackace said:

@charizard1605: Is that actually the retail version of the game or a beta version sent out several months ago? I think everyone is aware that the gameplay for Ryse wasn't going to be anything spectaluar. From what I've see the game will probably get about a 7. It's the Knack of the PS4, but it probably won't score a 4 like Knack did. lol!! I'd like to see reviews from better sources as well like IGN, EuroGamer, Joystiq, Polygon, etc... I don't think any lem is expecting this game to get an 8 or 9 score, like cows were expect KZ:SF to get an 8 or 9.

Final retail build.

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#18 Edited by Heil68 (57687 posts) -

That doesnt mean that the 2nd half of the game is an hour and half though? I'm guessing 6-10 hours total, like most SP campaigns these days.

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#19 Posted by Cyberdot (3928 posts) -

3 hours of continuous QTEs?

That's a new record! Get some guys to contact the Guinness World Records!

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#20 Posted by Douevenlift_bro (6789 posts) -

Sounds like a smashing hit lol.

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#21 Posted by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -

Ahahahahahahahaha. Typical, Microsoft. Why not make a game with some single player substance for a change? We'll wait. We have been waiting the last... twelve years.

Not only does MS have nothing to do with rise, but they have tons of SP games you conveniently forgot while you showed you had no idea who made Ryse. Or if you did you F&&& up.

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#22 Posted by tdkmillsy (2538 posts) -

@Cyberdot said:

3 hours of continuous QTEs?

That's a new record! Get some guys to contact the Guinness World Records!

Yes it will still score more than borezone and knap.

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#23 Posted by blackace (23576 posts) -

@psymon100 said:

How bad is this? I don't know. Recently I played through Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and it was shorter than 3hrs.

But obviously the shorter a game is - the less value you get.

Yeah.. brothers was pretty short, but it was a XBL game. I think Limbo was even shorter. Both of those games were under 3hrs. I'll be deleting both of these games off my Xbox 360 once I've completed all the achievements for them.

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#24 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9703 posts) -

So pretty much the trailer showed everything the game had to offer.

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#25 Edited by TruthArisen (403 posts) -

Wonder Woman snickers.

"I believe Journey is longer. Ryse better be $10 downloadable on Gold."

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#26 Posted by IgGy621985 (5439 posts) -

What's with the length of action games lately? CoD Ghosts SP campaign is 4 hours at best. BF4 SP campaign is crap + it lasts only about 3 hours. And now Ryse.

I really don't like this trend.

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#27 Posted by FinalFighters (2781 posts) -

Ouch, that $60 sting

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#28 Posted by R3FURBISHED (12335 posts) -

if the website isn't written in English i have trouble believing it (probably I can't read the text myself and I also don't fully trust Google Translate)

I'll wait for GameSpot and IGN to weigh in on the matter, probably next week.

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#29 Posted by charizard1605 (82615 posts) -

@IgGy621985 said:

What's with the length of action games lately? CoD Ghosts SP campaign is 4 hours at best. BF4 SP campaign is crap + it lasts only about 3 hours. And now Ryse.

I really don't like this trend.

God of War 3, Bayonetta, Devil May Cry were all significantly longer. God of War 3 was in excess of a dozen hours.

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#30 Posted by R3FURBISHED (12335 posts) -

@danabo said:

I find this more believable - Partner Studio Manager, Microsoft Studios, Xbox

rather than some random website

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#31 Posted by TrevorPhilips (996 posts) -

Damn, thats pretty bad.

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#32 Edited by MlauTheDaft (5189 posts) -

@R3FURBISHED said:

if the website isn't written in English i have trouble believing it (probably I can't read the text myself and I also don't fully trust Google Translate)

I'll wait for GameSpot and IGN to weigh in on the matter, probably next week.

Incidently, all english speaking websites are full of shit as well, though.

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#33 Posted by clone01 (26969 posts) -

Hope not. Guess we'll see.

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#34 Posted by ReadingRainbow4 (18733 posts) -

@R3FURBISHED said:

@danabo said:

I find this more believable - Partner Studio Manager, Microsoft Studios, Xbox

rather than some random website

It might not be in his financial interests to say otherwise. We won't know for sure until we can review content from a variety of sources.

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#35 Edited by Newhopes (4756 posts) -

Why are cows so fixated over Ryse?

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#36 Posted by Zophar87 (4344 posts) -

@ReadingRainbow4 said:

So it's a tech demo, just like most reasonable people thought it was.

Wow.

I've been saying this for months...

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#37 Posted by xhawk27 (9933 posts) -

@Newhopes said:

Why are cows so fixated over Ryse?

They want that game so badly. LOL must be that GOW vibe it's giving out.

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#38 Posted by TruthArisen (403 posts) -

@R3FURBISHED: Wonder Woman responds.

"Obamacare site was written in English. :-("

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#39 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

@Zophar87 said:

@ReadingRainbow4 said:

So it's a tech demo, just like most reasonable people thought it was.

Wow.

I've been saying this for months...

Do you want a prize?

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#40 Edited by I_can_haz (6511 posts) -

This game is gonna get chewed up by the reviewers.

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#41 Posted by R3FURBISHED (12335 posts) -

@ReadingRainbow4 said:

It might not be in his financial interests to say otherwise. We won't know for sure until we can review content from a variety of sources.

I also don't believe any sort of Xbox manager is going lie to some random follower on Twitter. I trust what people in Mike Ybarra's position say

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#42 Posted by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

bla no worries, no one is going buy it... But it still score higher then kill zone

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#43 Edited by EnviousEyezOnMe (272 posts) -

So it's an hour or two longer than Heavenly Sword, which I liked. 7+ hours for a launch game is fine by me.

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#44 Edited by jg4xchamp (61445 posts) -

Game looked lame from the get go.

Dead Rising 3 looks like a better buy for an action game fix as far as the XBox One is concerned, and as far as hack n slash(and that's being kind to ryse) fixes go I'm perfectly fine with waiting for Bayonetta 2 on the WiiU.

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#45 Edited by IgGy621985 (5439 posts) -

@Zophar87 said:

@ReadingRainbow4 said:

So it's a tech demo, just like most reasonable people thought it was.

Wow.

I've been saying this for months...

Crysis was a tech demo also, and yet it was an amazing FPS which lasted about 15 hours.

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#46 Edited by Sweenix (5957 posts) -

lol

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#47 Posted by kuu2 (10167 posts) -

@danabo said:

What site did the TC quote??????

I actually know who Mike Ybarra is though which is good news.

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#48 Edited by Scipio8 (927 posts) -

The live stream took 45 minutes and that was level 1. There are 8 levels.

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#49 Edited by aroxx_ab (13236 posts) -

Oh no Crytek makes another tech-demo who could had known...

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#50 Posted by Heil68 (57687 posts) -

@k2theswiss said:

bla no worries, no one is going buy it... But it still score higher then kill zone

I thought you were going to buy it? I'd rent it if anything myself.